Why spend $$ on store bought hummus

Ok, it's finally here! I know I promised this last week, sorry for the delay! But let me tell you, homemade humus and baba ganoush is totally worth it. They are both super easy to make, and paired with some fresh veggies and a toasted pita... delicious.

One thing you need his tahini, I've tried making hummus without it before and it came out ok... but with it... better then the store bought stuff for sure. It really is so simple, and once you make it you'll be wonding why you spent so much on it at the store.


garlicy hummus
inspired by cooks illustrated
my version

3 garlic cloves
1 16oz can chickpeas, drained, a 1/4 cup of chickpeas set to the side
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 Tbs tahini (sesame paste)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil - plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

parsley for garnish (optional)

Turn on the food processor fitted with the steel blade and drop the garlic down the feed tube; process until it's minced. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Place in a bowl and top with reserved handful of non chopped chickpeas, parsley, and a little olive oil drizzle.

Come back tomorrow for theBaba Ghanoush... Baba Ga-what?

15 chews:

I'm allergic to nuts, so we substitute tahini for the nutty ingredients in pesto. Just a thought for the leftover tahini. Do you know any other tahini recipes?

Pearl said...

my mother used to own a small restaurant, in which she made her own hummus. it was so popular. everyone liked coming in and ordering the hummus and people said that it was better than the store-bought ones. i'm so glad to see a home-made hummus recipe on your blog!

stephchows said...

Neva- I actually have a recipe coming up tomorrow that uses it!! haha so come on back and see :) Great idea with using it in pesto too, I bet that tastes amazing! I could seriously eat the stuff by the spoonful, I'm thinking of making some crepes and putting it in as the filling :)
Crepes... yum! http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2008/03/crepes-oh-how-i-love-you.html

Pearl- I bet your mom's hummus is amazing!! Have you ever made her recipe?? Family recipes are the best! If you ever plan on sharing it, totally let me know, I'd love to try it :)

Mmmm, I love hummus so much! Its a staple of my diet ... yet I'm mostly too lazy to make it myself. I am inspired by your post though and will def. use your recipe. I love the extra lemon and the addition of the lemon zest. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I often make my own hummus...LOVE it!! I add a little bit of fresh mint in mine...gives it a really unique (& delicious!) flavor!!

Rebex411 said...

Great post! I have been keeping the ingredients around for a few years, so that hummous is ready to go for potlucks and instant snacks, its a dish everyone seems to love. ONE INGREDIENT THAT IS KEY IF YOU WANT TO TASTE MEDITERRANEAN is CUMIN! Sometimes I substitute lemon with lime, oddly enough, and it changes the flavor in a really great way, too. Roasted Peppers from the jar added to processor with chickpeas, too. Bon Appetit!

Marta said...

Great recipe! Tahini is a must, certainly! I like the bitter edge that it gives to the recipe. If you ever get your hand on some sumac, try adding it as well for a twist!
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Meg Baxter said...

My recipe uses only sesame seeds, not tahini, which is difficult to find.

It's totally better to make it yourself! It tastes amazing. We probably use 2x as much garlic...because it's so yummy.

Reeni♥ said...

Homemade hummus is the best! This is real similar to my recipe except I use tons of cumin in mine!

stephchows said...

Diva- I'm always happy to inspire! So many of you ladies are constantly inspiring me to try new things :)

Anon- mint?? Hmmm could be good!

Rebex411- It is true cumin does have such a distinct taste, it really is necessary too :)

Marta- Sumac... I'll look into it!

Meg- I was thinking of grinding my own sesame seeds but got lazy haha. You can buy them by the huge boxfulls at asian food markets.

Duo- it's true garlic is the best!

Renni- maybe I'll add more garlic AND cumin next time :)

gaga said...

I agree wholeheartedly. Ever since I got my food processor, I haven't purchased hummus from a store. Yours looks tasty!

sue said...
Rebex411 said...

Great post! I have been keeping the ingredients around for a few years, so that hummous is ready to go for potlucks and instant snacks, its a dish everyone seems to love. ONE INGREDIENT THAT IS KEY IF YOU WANT TO TASTE MEDITERRANEAN is CUMIN! Sometimes I substitute lemon with lime, oddly enough, and it changes the flavor in a really great way, too. Roasted Peppers from the jar added to processor with chickpeas, too. Bon Appetit!

I'm allergic to nuts, so we substitute tahini for the nutty ingredients in pesto. Just a thought for the leftover tahini. Do you know any other tahini recipes?

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